The War Within

Critics Consensus

The War Within attempts to get into the mind of a terrorist, and the result is believable and unsettling.



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The drama The War Within attempts to put a human face on a suicide bomber. Ayad Akhtar plays Hassan, a student from Pakistan matriculating in Paris. He is arrested for being a possible terrorist, and his brutal handling puts him in the mood for revenge when he eventually gets released. He becomes involved in a terrorist organization and eventually makes his way to the United Sates in order to carry out a bombing plot. When the other members in the plan are arrested, Hassan begins living with an old friend of his who lives a normal American life. Hassan begins to question his desire to go through with the bombing plot when he sees the happiness of his old friend.

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Samrat Chakrabarti
as Chief Inspector Khan
Mike McGlone
as Mike O'Reilly
Kamal Marayati
as Imam Hamza
James Rana
as Saudi Man
Christine Commesso
as News Anchorwoman
John Zibell
as Officer Carroll
David Bishins
as Tall Agent
Angel Desai
as Reporter
Per Melita
as Terrorist
Roy Farfel
as CIA Agent #1
Jeff Ward
as CIA Agent #2
Glenn Pike
as CIA Agent #3
Vanessa Landino
as Receptionist
Deepti Gupta
as Woman #1
Farah Bala
as Woman #2
Deepa Purohit
as Woman #3
Goli Samii
as Female Passenger
Troy Hall
as Male Passenger #1
David Connolly
as Male Passenger #2
Dianne Busch
as Ticket Clerk
Manny Siverio
as Stunt Coordinator
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Critic Reviews for The War Within

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Audience Reviews for The War Within

  • Apr 13, 2009
    It does a fairly good job of laying out the basic political motives behind Islamic terrorism. Unfortunately, as a drama, it has its narrative peak in the middle and quickly runs out of story afterward. The film couldn't be more topical, but in the end it feels schematic, and you sense that the filmmakers are trying too hard to be even-handed.
    Pedro P Super Reviewer
  • Nov 30, 2006
    [font=Century Gothic]"The War Within" starts with Hassan(Ayad Akhtar) walking down a street in Paris minding his own business when he is unceremoniously snatched by authorities. He is sent to Pakistan under the practice of extraordinary rendition to be tortured about terrorist activities he knows nothing about.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]Three years later, Hassan is a changed man. He is smuggled into the United States, as part of a terrorist cell, targeting New York City landmarks. Hassan is assigned Grand Central Station.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"The War Within" is a quietly chilling, subtle and stunning movie that takes a disparaging view of the War on Terror while offering no easy answers. Overall, the movie is sympathetic for the vast majority of Muslims who are caught in the middle between the government that automatically suspects them of violent activities and terrorists who pervert their religion for their own nefarious goals. Remember, the surest way to radicalize somebody is to arrest, torture and then place them in the company of fanatics. [/font]
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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